What Are The Advantages And Disadvantages Of Organic Organization/?


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Organic organization is a business term which was coined by T. Burns and G. M. Stalker. The term basically suggests the fluid and changing nature of an organization and is used to describe how organizations change and adapt along with the ever changing world.

The main positives of this structure in organizations are as follows:

  • They have a flexible approach to the continually changing financial and customer environment.
  • They can be very responsive and quick to make changes
  • Staff structures are also very fluid, with wide ranging job descriptions
  • They cope better with unstable environments
  • The employees are very much involved in decision making and problem solving; this enhances motivation, commitment and gives a variety of perspectives
  • The ease of ability or change enables organic organizations to be more creative and imaginative
As with all organizational structures, the organic organization structure is not without its disadvantages, these include:

  • Although flexibility is a positive factor, it can also be a negative as it can cause uncertainty and instability
  • Staff may not be sure about their specific job role and personal responsibilities, this may cause confusion and result in certain jobs not getting done
  • Decisions may be vague or ambiguous due to the flexibility
  • Often communication issues can arise if not firmly controlled
All in all this is a very positive approach but as stated earlier there are always pitfalls of any strategy. The opposing strategy of the organic organization is the mechanistic organization. Both of these have their positive and negative aspects; the one which works best will depend upon the company in which it is being implemented.

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